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  • Schools spending details sought

    The School Liaison Committee — made up of Roane County commissioners and school board members — met several times before this year’s budget process got underway.

    Not once during those meetings did commissioners request a written plan on funding issues, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    But they want one now, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Despite issues, jail likely to get state’s OK

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips expressed confidence the Roane County Jail will be certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute later this year.

    The jail was inspected on July 29. A re-inspection occurred earlier this month after overcrowding issues were noted in the initial inspection.

    “Everything that we’re doing is within the Tennessee Corrections Institute guidelines,” Phillips said. “The only thing that they showed us deficient in is the overcrowding of the female unit. That’s it.”

  • Candidates seem surprised by forum

    Two candidate forums have been scheduled in the city of Rockwood next month. The timing has one hopeful scratching her head.

    The Rockwood Merchants Association forum is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Rockwood Event Center.

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a forum on Oct. 7 at Rockwood City Hall.

    “I don’t understand why Rockwood 2000 is doing that,” Rockwood mayoral candidate Peggy Evans said. “To me, they’re trying to circumvent the one on Oct. 9.”

  • Kingston man pleads on drug charges

    Kingston Police Department’s drug fund will get a boost, thanks to a Kingston man.

    Tyler Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in his drug case last week.

    Farmer was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18, 2012, on three counts of selling schedule II drugs in a school zone.

    Thanks to a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of schedule III and received two years’ probation.

    The other count was dismissed.

  • Girl Scouts moving forward
  • Harriman interviews for city manager post
  • Chamber welcomes clogging academy
  • Open Meetings Violation Spotlight

    For democracy to work, it requires an engaged, well-informed public. And that is why open govenment, or sunshine laws, are in place so citizens can see and participate in the workings of their government.

    Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and its director, Deborah Fisher, work to educate the public — and sometimes government entities — on these laws. It also spotlights abuses and works with the public to help correct them.

  • Lawyer pleads guilty to sex crime

    Harriman attorney Kent Booher pleaded guilty to reduced charges in his Loudon County Criminal Case on Tuesday.

    Booher, 59, was charged with one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of solicitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated statutory rape.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

    The other charges were dismissed.

    All prison time was suspended and Booher will be on supervised probation for three years.

    His victim was 14 years old.

  • Judge dispute could be costly

    Taxpayers in the 9th Judicial District could be on the hook for thousands of dollars if a special election is ordered for circuit court judge.

    The position is currently held by Mike Pemberton, who defeated Tom McFarland in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland is now suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court.

    McFarland wants the election voided and a new one held.